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Dentures and TMJ - Navigating the Crossroads of Oral Harmony


Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Elderly woman enjoying her new smileIf you're considering dentures to restore your smile, it's crucial to be aware of their potential impact on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is a complex hinge that connects your jaw to your skull, and it plays a vital role in chewing, speaking, and overall oral function.

Dentures and TMJ: A Balancing Act


Dentures replace missing teeth and provide a functional smile. However, if they are not fitted properly or if they shift out of place, they can put pressure on your TMJ, leading to discomfort and even pain.

TMJ Symptoms Associated with Dentures


•  Jaw pain
•  Earaches
•  Headaches
•  Difficulty chewing or opening your mouth
•  Clicking or popping sounds in your jaw


Managing the TMJ-Denture Relationship


Properly fitted dentures minimize the risk of TMJ issues. Here are some key considerations:
•  Regular Dental Checkups: Your dentist will assess the fit of your dentures and make adjustments as needed.
•  Custom-Made Dentures: Dentures should be designed specifically for your mouth to ensure proper alignment and support.
•  Soft Liners: These soft materials can be added to the underside of dentures to cushion them and reduce pressure on the TMJ.
•  Nightguards: Wearing a nightguard can help prevent dentures from shifting and reduce grinding, which can put stress on the TMJ.


Conclusion


Dentures can enhance your oral health and confidence. However, it's important to understand their potential impact on your TMJ. By working closely with your dentist and taking proper care of your dentures, you can maintain a comfortable and harmonious smile.

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